Under 18 Years of Age
Graduated License or Learner License- to earn a learner license, you must be at least 15 years old. You will need to provide the following:
- Proof that you completed a Traffic Law & Substance Abuse Education Course (the course provider will electronically submit this information and it will be available to all Florida Driver License Offices.)
- Parental Consent Form, which must be signed in the presence of a driver license examiner or notarized if parent or guardian will not be present. If you are under 18 and are not married, a parent or legal guardian must sign your license application.
- Real ID Requirements must also be met: Certified Birth Certificate (photo copies cannot be accepted) or valid U.S. Passport, Original Social Security Card and two proofs of residential address* dated within the last 30 days. (*Parents can provide the two proofs of address and sign an affidavit at the office stating the student resides with them.) You can visit GatherGoGet for more information regarding acceptable documents.
We strongly encourage individuals to study for the test.
*Please arrive at our office prior to 3 p.m. to take a written or driving test. Written tests can be taken at any office. Driving tests are offered in Callaway, Panama City, and Panama City Beach. We do not currently take appointments for this service. Proof of insurance is required when taking a driving test.
Florida’s Graduated Driver Licensing System
Phase I – Learner’s License
- Minimum age requirement for Learner’s License – 15 Years Old
- Drivers must always have a licensed driver 21 years or older in the closest seat to the right of the driver.
- For the first three months, driving is limited to daylight hours only.
- After three months, hours are extended to 10 p.m.
- Teen must hold Learner’s License for 12 months conviction-free.
- A knowledge exam is required to be taken. The exam consists of 50 multiple choice scenario-based questions about traffic laws and traffic signs. Individuals must answer 40 questions correctly to pass. Those preparing to take the knowledge exam are strongly encourages to study the handbook.
- A Vision Test will also be given using an eye machine. To pass, you must have 20/40 (or better) vision in each and both eyes, with or without corrective lenses.
Phase II – Intermediate Operator’s License
- Once teens receive an Operator’s License, driving hours are based on their age.
- At 16, driving is allowed between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.
- At 17, driving is allowed between 5 a.m. and 1 a.m.
*At any other time, 16 and 17 year old drivers must be accompanied by a licensed driver at least 21 years of age in the closest seat to the right, or be traveling to or from work.